FSN & RCR ~ Community Threads

Wellness logo-2 inch_300 ppi#E8FACommunity Threads is a project about connections for sustainability in Newfoundland and Labrador:  organizations, businesses and people who look at living local, living well, and loving it.  The project was kickstarted with support from the Wellness Coalition Avalon East

Food Security Network NL and Root Cellars Rock

Food Security is about a lot more than having enough to eat!   Ever gone to the supermarket and not found the food you were looking for?  Were you one of the many who couldn’t get a pumpkin in October 2013?  Then you brushed into food security.  This province is one part island, one part mainland, and many parts rural and remote.  If what we need to eat doesn’t come from our land or water, it has to come by road, boat or air.

Food Security Network NL’s mission is to actively promote comprehensive, community based solutions to help us figure out – and remember – how to ensure access to adequate and healthy food for all.

Many have never heard of the organization, but it’s REALLY good to know that they are on it!  And they are doing tremendous work with schools and communities, individuals and organizations.

Root Cellars Rock (RCR) is the Food Security Network’s favorite project.   It’s a go-to place for the how-to and culture of food in Newfoundland and Labrador.  They love it!  RCR knows the people who tap trees for maple syrup and have pet goats.  They know the people who grow amazing garlic.  They know how to get communities growing.  And they’ll tell you!    Root Cellars Rock is helping build a local food system that provides sustainable, nourishing food for all residents of the province, while celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador’s healthy food traditions, and those who make it happen.

thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team covered the Food Security Network – here’s the kick-back video featuring all-around great guy Rick Kelly.



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the Nourish film: Cameron Diaz, Jamie Oliver, Michael Pollan, us & food



Newfoundland is an island in the North Atlantic at the 47th parallel.  Since glaciers scraped much of the island’s fertile soil off onto the Grand Banks a long time ago, the growing was never that easy, but we managed.

These days most of what we eat is not from here.   Why is that?  And how do the pretty pinky-orange pears and other foods come to be here?

Nourish is a conversation about food and sustainability.  The Nourish film looks at our relationship to food, and how it connects to biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice.  It won lots of awards at film festivals.

Cameron Diaz, Jamie Oliver, Michael Pollan and many others whose knowledge is great but celebrity is more limited are featured.  Come see it!

Tuesday March 18, 2014,  7 – 9 pm (doors open 6:40)
District School, Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John’s (across from Arts and Culture Centre). Suggested minimum donation: $5

Brought to us by Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators NLEE

47thparalleThe green line shows the island of Newfoundland lining up at the 47th parallel.

food security – what’s that all about?

my friend likes garlic.  she also likes local.  but the garlic she had seen at the supermarket were all grown far far away, so she planted some last fall because she knows it grows here.  that’s a part of food security.  remember that Halloween when the pumpkins were all sold out?  all the ones that grew were gone and there was no truck bringing in any more?  that’s a part of food insecurity – absence of supply.

food security is when all people at all times have access to enough food to meet their physical and cultural and economic needs, and the food is created in a sustainable, socially just manner.

the food system is everyone, from those who grow to those who make to those who sell to those who eat and the ground it grows from and the rain that falls and the trucks or planes or boats that move it.

it’s big deal!

so thegreenrock.ca Green Team talked to Rick Kelly at the Food Security Network Newfoundland and Labrador.  he shared his insights about sustainability and the importance of ‘local’ and ‘fair trade’ in a food secure system.

check it out!  and have a look over at Root Cellars Rock http://rootcellarsrock.ca/, lots of great ideas about planting, picking preserving and more.  and, coolly enough, lots of buzz about growing garlic!